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Citizenship as Movement

Jason Keith Fernandes


This paper interprets movement within the frames of citizenship theory. The ambit of citizenship is opened up to include citizenship acts and practices, understood as movements towards changes in relationships. Such attention to movement also directs consideration towards the concomitant acts of fixing or prevention of the movement of political subjects. The argument of this article is that looking at Goan communities in this manner opens up new vistas for our scholarship. Additionally, it would enable scholars of Goa to move away from the tendency to fix Goans in frameworks inherited from British Indian cultural nationalism, and which are very often carried forward in post-colonial theory that has emerged from British colonial experience. Finally, the article draws attention to the fact that as producers of discourse, scholarly works often hold the possibility of being tools for fixing political subjects and preventing their movement.


Citizenship, post-colonialism, British India, British Indian nationalism

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